Los Angeles 2014: Volkswagen Golf R Wagon Debuts

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
los angeles 2014 volkswagen golf r wagon debuts

After teasing us with a “concept” at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen is debuting a production of the Golf R wagon – but we may not get it in North America.

Mechanically, the Wagon is identical to the Golf R, retaining its 296 horsepower 2.0T 4-cylinder, Haldex AWD and DSG gearbox. While it is certainly a go for world markets, VW has said nothing about a North American on sale date. Perhaps they are gauging public reaction yet again before making a decision?

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  • 1998redwagon 1998redwagon on Nov 18, 2014

    While I'm at it I'll have a braunschweiger w onion on Dimpfilmeier rye please. Hold the mayo.

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    • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Nov 19, 2014

      @Lie2me Stop teasing us. I saw this at the NY show. Yes, I recently bought a new TDI, so I was a potential real sale, not an internet fanboi. VW shows the Scirocco to newspapers...lots of articles in the NY Times and others. VW shows the GTD to newspapers...again lots of articles in the NYT and others. Meanwhile, our Mk7 TDI comes with a beam axle, losing the IRS in the Mk.6, because "the US only-urea tank is in the way". RIIIGHT.... We have all these great cars shown to us, but we get supersized and decontented versions. You lose the enthusiasts but don't sell to CamCord man (or woman). Sheesh.

  • Bazza Bazza on Nov 19, 2014

    I've stopped caring whether or not VW brings their halo cars over here. Mainly because the first thing our Wolfsburg buddies do, when spec'ing a car like this for the U.S. market, is figure out just how aggressively (viciously, truth be told) they can de-content the thing and still sell it for $35K+ to the rubes. And of course it'll still be a fundamentally unreliable automobile because of the German maxim that their special products should receive oodles of dealer-supplied TLC. It's occurred to me, watching this play out over the years, that VW doesn't like Americans much. Maybe we should figure that out and stop buying their pretty little shitboxes.

  • Carlson Fan I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.
  • Wjtinfwb Panther Black? or Black Panther? Shaped like a decade old Ford detectives sedan? Seems like an odd way to send out your marquee car...
  • Kwik_Shift Instead of blacked, how about chromed? Don't follow the herd.
  • Carlson Fan Nicest looking dash/gage cluster ever put in any PU truck. After all these years it still looks so good.
  • Wheatridger Correct me if I'm wrong, but has the widescreen digital dash usurped the space formerly occupied in every other car by an HVAC vent? I see one prominent vent well right of center, where there should be two. I rely on twin driver's side vents to warm my hands on cold mornings, and I wouldn't give that up for more screen area.